18th Oct, 2020

RBI to conduct first-ever Open Market Operations (OMO) Purchase of State Government Securities worth Rs. 10,000 crores

Reserve Bank will conduct Open Market Operations (OMOs) in State Developments Loans (SDLs) of total amount of Rs. 10,000 crores on October 22, 2020.

This is the first ever OMO purchase of State Developments Loans (SDLs).

RBI may enhance the size of auction in the subsequent auctions depending on market response.


India ranks 94 among 107 Countries in Global Hunger Index 2020

India has been ranked at 94 among 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2020 report released on 16 October 2020.

With a score of 27.2, India has been placed in the “serious” category in the GHI scale.

The index is published jointly by Welthungerhilfe (WHH) and Concern Worldwide, to measure and track hunger at global, regional, and national levels. 


Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath launches Mission Shakti for security of women in the state

The Uttar Pradesh government administered by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched ‘Mission Shakti’ programme on 17 October 2020, which also marks the first day of the Shardiya Navratri festival across the country.

The six-months long ‘Mission Shakti’ campaign aims to ensure the security of women in the state, by training women to become self-reliant and to sensitise people to respect them.

In the first phase, the campaign will run from 17 to 25 October 2020.

The campaign will continue in phases till the ‘Chaitra Navratri’ in April 2021.

Under the campaign, various awareness programs will be organized to make women and children aware of the security measures to keep them safe and to sensitize them to speak out when they are victimized.


J&K LG Manoj Sinha  launches ‘My Town My Pride’ Campaign to provide doorstep governance in urban areas

In Jammu and Kashmir, the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has announced an initiative called ‘My Town My Pride’ to provide governance at the doorstep in urban areas. This program is in line with the “Back to Village program” launched for rural population.

The two-day long program will be held on 19th and 20th October 2020.

The Urban Local Bodies will reach out to urban population living in towns, to provide governance at their doorsteps and ensure on spot redressal of their issues and grievances.

It includes time-bound delivery of documents like domicile, SC/ST/RBA/ALC/OBC certificates; revenue services besides ensuring benefits under various welfare schemes including pensions, scholarships, PMAY, KCC, Health Golden Cards, Ladli Beti, among others.

The main objectives of this programme are public outreach in towns, strengthening grassroots democracy and service delivery at doorsteps. 


India conducts successful night trial of nuclear-capable Prithvi-2 missile off Odisha coast

India successfully conducted the night trial of its nuclear-capable Prithvi-2 missile on 16 October 2020 from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore, off Odisha coast.

The user flight trial was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command of the armed force under the watch of DRDO scientists as part of a training exercise. 

The state-of-the-art missile is India’s first indigenous surface-to-surface strategic missile, developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

The 9-metre tall liquid-propelled Prithvi-2 has a range of 250 km and can carry a 1 tonne warhead.


Jacinda Ardern wins second term as New Zealand’s Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, won a landslide victory in the country’s general election on 17 October 2020, to be elected as the PM for the second consecutive three-years term.

Ardern’s centre-left Labour Party won 49.2% of the total 83.7% votes counted in the 120-member parliament.

The 40 year-old is serving as the 40th Prime Minister of the country since 26 October 2017.


Union Bank of India MD & CEO Rajkiran Rai elected as IBA Chairman

Rajkiran Rai G, the Managing Director and CEO of Union Bank of India has been elected as the Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) for the term 2020-21.

Rai succeeds Rajnish Kumar as the IBA Chairman after Kumar recently retired as SBI Chief.

Apart from this, Dinesh Kumar Khara, the Chairman of  State Bank of India has been elected as the deputy chairman of the association.


Rohan Jaitley, son of Late Arun Jaitley, elected unopposed as DDCA President

Advocate Rohan Jaitley, the son of late Union Minister Arun Jaitley, has been elected unopposed as the President of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on 17 October 2020.

He was the single candidate left for the post, as the lone candidate who had filed his nomination against him withdrew his candidature.

Elections for six other posts will be held between November 5 and 8, 2020.

The other posts for which elections are be held are for the posts of treasurer and four directors.


Vishal V. Sharma appointed as India’s next envoy to UNESCO

Vishal V. Sharma has been appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the UN’s cultural body, UNESCO, with the rank of Ambassador.

He succeeds Shri Jawed Ashraf.

United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarter – Paris, France


International Weightlifting Federation appoints Britain’s Michael Irani as interim President

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced the appointment of Michael Irani as its interim President.

Britain’s Michael Irani is the third interim President within three days to be appointed by the IWF Board.

The 71-year-old Irani is chair of the IWF Medical Committee and a former chair of the IWF Anti-Doping Commission.


Aishwarya Sridhar becomes first Indian woman to win Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

Aishwarya Sridhar, a 23-year-old, Mumbai based girl, has become the first Indian woman to win the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. It is the 56th year of the prestigious award.

Her image titled ‘Lights of passion’, won among 50,000 entries from over 80 countries across the world.

Only 100 images were shortlisted and she won the award for her photograph in the Behaviour Invertebrates category.

She is the first and youngest girl to win this prestigious award from India in the Adult category.

The award winners were announcement on October 13 at the Natural History Museum in London.


‘The Battle of Belonging’, authored by Shashi Tharoor to hit stands in November 2020

The Member of Parliament and author Shashi Tharoor has announced his new book titled “The Battle of Belonging: On Nationalism, Patriotism And What It Means To Be Indian”. 

The book is due to release by November 2020 and will be published by Aleph Book Company.

Tharoor has described the book as his magnum opus on the theory, evolution & practice of Nationalism, worldwide & especially in India.


Pakistan’s Fast Bowler Umar Gul announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Pakistani pace bowler Umar Gul has announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket after the end of the ongoing National T20 Cup, which will end on 18 October 2020.

The 36-year-old Gul had a cricket career that spanned twenty years, during which he played 47 Tests, 130 ODIs, 60 T20I and 125 First Class cricket.


Veteran Bengali Vocal Artiste Pradip Ghosh passes away at 78

Noted Bengali elocutionist Pradip Ghosh has passed away at his residence in Kolkata. He tested coronavirus positive, in a swab test which was taken after his death. He was 78.

Ghosh was a prominent recitor and renowned vocal artist, who was well-known for his inimitable style of recitation.

His most notable works included his recitation of Tagore’s poems, especially those for children.